About Busking

Busker BUS-kur noun: A person who performs an art in public places for donations of money

Have you ever seen that lone sax player, or the guitarist in the alley? Busking performances can be just about anything that people find entertaining. Buskers may do:

  • Acrobatics
  • Animal tricks
  • Balloon twisting
  • Card tricks
  • Clowning
  • Comedy
  • Contortions and escapes
  • Dance
  • Fire eating
  • Juggling
  • Magic
  • Mime and a mime variation where the artist performs as a living statue
  • Musical performance
  • Puppeteering
  • Storytelling or recite poetry or prose as a bard
  • Street art (sketching and painting, etc.)
  • Street theatre
  • Sword swallowing

The art of "busking" has been around for centuries in almost every country and culture. Street performers are perfect entertainment for spectators of all ages. They bring live theatre to the streets. Our city's heritage and historical presence has brought to life many famous musicians, actors, actresses, artist, and performing artist alike. Bristol’s Busk Stop Central